Mass buy-up of flu medication raises questions

June 18, 2010

16 Jun 2010

New Zealand’s purchase of millions of doses of flu medication and swine flu vaccines has been called into question by European reports suggesting pandemic advice was driven by drug company interests. A British Medical Journal (BMJ) investigation has found key scientists advising the World Health Organisation (WHO) on planning for a flu pandemic had done work for drug companies who ultimately benefited from the guidance the scientists gave. WHO’s advice led to governments worldwide stockpiling billions of dollars of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu before and during the recent swine flu pandemic.

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